Building Oakland’s Innovation Economy

tech bannerNew Tech Banners

As part of the Startup Oakland campaign to attract tech startups to the Revv Oakland co-working spaces of our business district, OBID will be installing these technology-themed banners throughout the business district. To complement these new banners, soon you will also see window clings throughout the Revv Oakland spaces to highlight available tech incubator spaces. This project is funded by the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development.

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UPMC Ranked in Top Ten Best Hospitals in the US

upmc rankingU.S. News & World Report has released its “best hospitals” rankings, and UPMC is ranked no. 10 in the nation for the second year in a row!

UPMC has also been ranked no. 1 in Pennsylvania and in the Pittsburgh Metro area. Nationally, UPMC is ranked in 15 adult specialties and is among the top 10 hospitals in eight specialties. You can learn more about the rankings at

Congratulations, UPMC!

Promote Your Business With OBID

There are several ways that OBID can promote Member Businesses. To have OBID promote your business, you can:

  • Provide us with materials to distribute to arriving students in August as they start the Fall Semester
  • Set up a booth at the Oakland Farmers Market (Every Friday through October, 3pm-6pm in Schenley Plaza)
  • Participate in the Let’s Go Pitt Program
  • Give us information to share through our weekly Noteworthy News email that reaches more than 1,500 people
  • Share an image or quick bit of information for us to promote through our Only in Oakland Facebook and Twitter pages, reaching over 2,250 fans and followers
  • Participate in promotions and events organized by the OBID throughout the year

All of these opportunities are completely FREE to OBID Members! If you are interested in participating in any or all of the above, please contact Mary, [email protected], 412-683-6243 ext. 19.

Planters are Coming to Forbes Avenue

The OBID has received Art Commission approval for the purchase and installation of six sidewalk planters to be placed along Forbes Avenue. The planters, Quartz Series, manufactured by Kornegay Design, will add a sculptural element with softening greenery to the pedestrian environment. The Quartz Series has been met with an enthusiastic response from our partners, and we look forward to this new design element.

planterThe purchase and installation of these planters has been made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program with investment from Dollar Bank, PNC Bank and UPMC Health Plan, in addition to support from The Oakland Kiwanas Club and Community Human Services Corporation.

The OBID has partnered with Sestili Nursery to install and maintain our planters. Sestili nursery, based right here in Oakland, has been responsible for the planting and maintenance of our hanging baskets along Forbes Avenue. Ron Sestili, owner, has been an invaluable partner for the OBID, assisting in planting selections and designs and in determining maintenance scheduled for the installations. Visit Sestili Nursery at